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Football Manager 2018 wonderkids: Unlimited transfer budget

Football Manager 2018 wonderkids

Whether you’re a moneybags club backed by Qatari oil magnates or just a run-of-the-mill Premier League behemoth, you’ll want a look at this lot

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Amadou Diawara

Available for: £35m

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Need to know: Thought having to deal with Mertens, Hamsik et al was bad enough? If you want to attack Napoli, you’ve got to get past this guy. For a kid of 19 to be controlling the game in the way he does takes a serious footballing brain. Diawara even scored his first senior goal with a penalty against Manchester City in the Champions League. No pressure, kid.

Borja Mayoral

Available for: £36.5m (release clause)

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Need to know: Likened to Madrid legend Raul thanks to his predatory instincts, Mayoral has found first-team chances hard to come by back at the Bernabeu. But with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo misfiring lately, it might not be long before Mayoral gets a prolonged run in the team.

Dennis Bonaventure

Available for: £38.5m

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Need to know: A common through-line running across a lot of the wonderkids on this list is that they’ve had (relatively) big summer moves – and hit the ground running. Bonaventure is no different, having netted five goals in his first six games for Club Brugge.

Alexander Isak

Available for: £40m

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Need to know: A tall, powerful Swedish striker. Remind you of anyone? If Alexander Isak is having trouble shuffling out of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shadow, he’s not showing it. He’s already the youngest national team scorer in Swedish history and is aiming to add to his single Dortmund appearance this season.

Franck Kessie

Available for: £40m

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Need to know: Milan have already made sure he’ll be their player in 2019, but Kessie is worthy of the spotlight right now. Blessed with incredible awareness, an engine that helps him cover every blade of grass and even goal threat, he’s a player who will only get better with age.

Patrick Roberts

Available for: £40m

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Need to know: After a season in which he impressed just about everyone in Scotland, Roberts is back on loan at Celtic for the foreseeable future. Boasting trickery, sleight of feet and a real eye for goal, this English (yes, English) winger will be targeting a breakthrough into the Manchester City and national team set-ups over the next few years. Plenty of work left to do for that in real life yet, though.

Panagiotis Retsos  

Available for: £42m

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Need to know: (Probably) known as ‘triple word score’ to his friends, the Greek centre-back impressed Leverkusen enough that they were willing to fork out over £15m for a player of only 18 league games. Retsos is essentially already a starter for Leverkusen, and a fixture in the Greek national team. His cool style will attract even more attention in the years to come.

Phil Foden

Available for: £43.5m

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Need to know: When Pep Guardiola throws a player into action at 17, you’d best believe he’s got something about him. Foden didn’t look out of place in pre-season alongside his more illustrious team-mates, and the Stockport native – an U17 World Cup winner with England – could be the benchmark for City’s brand new state-of-the-art academy.

Alex Meret

Available for: £43.5m

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Need to know: Young Italian goalkeepers are coming along like London buses these days – and there’s some serious competition for the Azzurri’s No.1 jersey now that Gigi Buffon has finally announced his retirement. Meret may be behind compatriot Simone Scuffet in the Udinese pecking order, but a season under his belt on loan at Serie A newbs SPAL could do wonders.

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